After visiting The Cadillac Ranch, I drove to the top of the Texas panhandle.
There isn’t much to see or do around the top of the Texas panhandle, at least that I saw. (Note the landscape in the background of the above photo – it’s like that as far as the eye can see.) But, tucked away in Perryton, Texas, on the side of the highway shortly before entering Oklahoma, is one of the better museums I’ve seen in a long time.
From the outside, The Museum of the Plains in Perryton, Texas, looks small and nondescript. I had passed it a couple of times on my way somewhere else, before I noticed it. Mainly for lack of anything else to see or do in the area, one day I decided to check it out.
Holy Tardis, Batman! It’s bigger on the inside!
Much like Doctor Who’s Tardis, the museum is deceptively small-looking on the outside. However, once you’re inside, you realize it’s a maze of buildings linked together. In addition to being a large museum in a small, remote town, it contains collections from thimbles to dinosaurs.
The dinosaur bones were fascinating, but as a lover of all miniature world of art, the collection of 1,300 thimbles was my favorite.
Dinosaur bones, and rare mammoth bones…
Miscellaneous photos, some from the transportation wing, and a random chair made from horns…
Thimbles galore: gold thimbles, silver thimbles, pewter thimbles, thimbles in curio cabinets, thimbles woven into wall hangings, thimble lamp, a thimble-shaped jar, and more…
There is much more to the museum including a massive collection of crystal dishes, and a military wing.
All this, and the museum was free! They do accept donations. The museum is well worth a detour. Visit the Museum of the Plains at 1200 N Main Street in Perryton, Texas. It’s open daily (call to verify times).